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Nootropic RGB Matrix Backpack Kit + 16x32 Matrix Starter Pack

SKU: ADA1073

$82.09 AUD, inc GST
Nootropic RGB Matrix Backpack Kit + 16x32 Matrix Starter Pack
82.09 AUD

SKU: ADA1073

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Like Adafruit's 16x32 RGB Matrix panel? Want to have it glowing fast? This pack comes with a panel, a Nootropic's Arduino-compatible backpack and a power supply so you can integrate the panel easily to your project and keep it compact. 

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The RGB Matrix Backpack is a small board that connects to the back of the Adafruit 16x32 RGB LED Matrix Panel and is a very convenient way to control this awesome panel. The board is simply a small Arduino. You can easily program the board using the Arduino IDE. As you can see from the video below, it's possible to create great color animations, completely in Arduino programming! Kit comes unassembled,some light soldering is required but its nothing hard and you should be able to do it in 15 minutes even if you're a beginner. 

To program the board, you'll need an FTDI cable or FTDI friend. Or you can program the ATMega328 chip using your Arduino board and move the chip to the RGB Matrix Backpack for testing. 

The board snaps onto the back of the panel and provides power to the panel through the terminal block connections. The board should be powered by a 5V regulated power adapter that can deliver up to 2A. 

Features:
    • A 8x2 female header on the back of the board allows this backpack board to simply snap onto the back of the matrix panel.
    • 2.1mm power jack for a regulated 5V power supply. The 5V supply should be able to deliver 2A of current to meet the demands of the matrix panel. Adafruit strongly recommend this 
5V regulated power supply
     for use with the matrix panel. The terminal block is used to provide power to the RGB matrix panel.
  • The 6-pin programming header makes it easy to program the board using the Arduino IDE and a cable or adapter like an FTDI cable or FTDI friend
  • A small tactile button can be used as an input to your Arduino program. It is connected to Arduino pin 10. To use the button, the setup() function in your program should call pinMode(10, INPUT); digitalWrite(10, HIGH);. The button is read by calling digitalRead(10).
To program the backpack board, you use it just like an Arduino. The board type to select in the Arduino IDE is "Aruino Uno". You need to connect an FTDI cable or FTDI friend

Adafruit provides Arduino libraries for controlling the RGB Matrix Panel. You can download the libraries and learn how to use them on Adafruit's matrix tutorial page. You don't have to worry about any of the complex wiring -- just skip down to the sections "Test example code" and "Library". 

The ATmega328 chip comes preloaded with the animation shown in the video above. To change the demo program download the sketch here. Make sure you've installed the Adafruit libraries correctly. Compile the sketch and upload it to your board.



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Documentation and Resources:
  • What Are NeoPixel LEDs?
  • So in case you haven’t heard yet, digital LEDs are the go-to solution for any project that uses RGB LEDs and you want to avoid the rat's nest that ensures when using multiple RGB LEDs, each colour requiring its own connection. Digital...
  • What Are DotStar LEDs?
  • So in case you haven’t heard yet, digital LEDs are the go-to solution for any project that uses RGB LEDs and you want to avoid the rat's nest that ensures when using multiple RGB LEDs, each colour requiring its own connection. Digitally address...
  • All About LEDs
  • Hello and welcome to our tutorial where we a look at all things LED. Now first of all, what is an LED? LED stands for Light Emitting Diode and is an electronic component used to convert electrical energy to light energy. This process is called electr...

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